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English definition of “severe”

severe

adjective (NOT KIND)    /sɪˈvɪər/ US  /-ˈvɪr/
B2 not kind or showing sympathy ; not willing to accept other people's mistakes or failures : The headteacher spoke in a severe voice . The government is currently facing severe criticism . There are severe penalties for failing to declare all your income to the tax authorities .Unkind, cruel and unfeelingViolent or aggressiveTreating people or animals badlyInsults and abuseSevere
(Definition of severe adjective (NOT KIND) from the Cambridge Advanced Learner's Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)
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